Ray Kelvin nom­i­nee on Ted Baker’s board

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Front Page - By LaToya Hard­ing

TED BAKER founder Ray Kelvin has ap­pointed a rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the com­pany’s board, 18 months af­ter he quit as its boss amid a “forced hugging” scan­dal and claims of in­ap­pro­pri­ate be­hav­iour to­wards staff.

The re­tailer has ap­pointed Colin La

Fon­taine Jack­son to be a nom­i­nee di­rec­tor on be­half of Mr Kelvin, who still owns al­most 12pc of the busi­ness.

Mr Kelvin was forced to take a leave of ab­sence in 2018 fol­low­ing claims that he hugged work­ers who were un­com­fort­able about it. He was also ac­cused of mas­sag­ing em­ploy­ees, kiss­ing their ears and ask­ing some to sit on his lap. Mr Kelvin de­nies wrong­do­ing. Ted Baker said Mr La Fon­taine Jack­son’s ap­point­ment is part of a re­la­tion­ship agree­ment which lets the com­pany tap into Mr Kelvin’s ex­per­tise for as long as he con­trols at least a 10pc stake.

Mr La Fon­taine Jack­son founded cor­po­rate fi­nance house Hop­ton Ad­vis­ers in 2014.

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